The Charlotte 49ers and Appalachian State have entered into a contract to play football during a two-year home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019.
Charlotte will host the first game of the series at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Sept. 8, 2018. The 49ers will travel to Appalachian State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium, Sept. 7, 2019.
"We are thrilled to make this announcement," said 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose. "Adding a series against an in-state opponent that has the tradition and history of Appalachian State is important to the continued growth of our program. We can’t thank (Appalachian State A.D.) Charlie Cobb and coach (Scott) Satterfield enough. We know our fans have been looking forward to this possibility and it’s a natural step as both programs transition into FBS play."
"It’s a game that should be played and I’m glad that we were able to get it on our schedule," said 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert. "We’re excited about the opportunity to play a great program from right here in our region. This will be fun for our fans and I’m sure they will be excited as well."
"Since Charlotte announced it was beginning a football program several years ago, it has been a priority to try to arrange a series that would be great for our student-athletes and fans," said Appalachian State Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb. "Many thanks go to (Charlotte director of athletics) Judy Rose and (Charlotte) Coach (Brad) Lambert for their efforts in helping the series come to fruition. We hope that it is a series that will extend well past this initial two-year arrangement and become a showcase for FBS football in western North Carolina and beyond."
"It’s exciting to set up a series with Charlotte," added Mountaineers head coach Scott Satterfield. "The proximity of our campuses, the similarity of our schools and the familiarity that our student-athletes have with each other from the high-school level make it a natural rivalry. It will be a great series for both schools' fans and for college football in North Carolina."
The Charlotte 49ers completed their first-ever football season, this past fall. They will compete as an FCS Independent again in 2014 and will begin competition in Conference USA football in 2015 as a member of that FBS conference with an opportunity to gain full FBS member status with bowl eligibility in 2016.